Who: Pam Marrone, Ph.D., CEO and founder, in 2006, of Marrone Bio Innovations, a company that discovers and develops effective and environmentally responsible natural products for pest, weed and plant disease management
Products: MBI’s award-winning Regalia biofungicide is rapidly growing in fruit, nut and vegetable markets; its Zequanox targets invasive zebra and quagga mussels; and Grandevo protects citrus crops from the Asian citrus psyllid
Awards: MBI received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 2008, a California Department of Pesticide Regulation IPM Innovator award in 2009, the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Growing Green Award and the Presidential Green Chemistry Award for small business
Service: Marrone is founding chairwoman and a board member of the Biopesticide Industry Alliance, serves on the University of California President’s Board of Science and Innovation and on the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board, is treasurer of the Organic Farming Research Foundation and has served on the boards of Sutter Health’s Sacramento-Sierra Region and Sutter Davis Hospital Foundation.
Education: Marrone has a bachelor’s degree in entomology with honors and distinction from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University